Q: How Do You Fix an IT Band Injury?

Hey Lauren,

How do you fix an IT Band injury?

Bryna

A:

Bryna,

Mine has been a problem since October, so I don’t know if you want my advice. Andrea, a fellow runner I talked to today, told me something that resonated: “Unlike other injuries, IT bands and achilles tendons are on their own agendas.” True dat. They seem to want to heal in their own time. The best treatment is prevention, so to everyone else out there, get on your rollers! Otherwise, people are writing helpful comments and their own experiences with IT Bands on my latest blog post here so check that out.

I would say that deep tissue massage to the glutes, TFL and quads, rolling on a foam roller, and strengthening exercises for the glutes tend to be the most common fixes among people who I’ve talked to. In Eugene, Chance Fitzpatrick is a good resource for specific deep tissue, but I don’t know where you live.

When it comes to figuring out how much to run and when, and what specific things to do to make it better, it can be maddeningly confusing. I’ll have to write more in the comments when I solve this problem, but for now I’ll leave you with this: This video is what it feels like to work with an IT band injury:

(Special thanks to ALF reader and blogger MBS for reminding me of this scene from Forgetting Sarah Marshall).

Lauren